George Agnew Reid

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George Agnew Reid
Samuel de Champlain arrive à Québec - George Agnew Reid - 1909.jpg
Arrival of Samuel Champlain at the future site of Quebec City
BornJuly 25, 1860
DiedAugust 23, 1947(1947-08-23) (aged 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known forgenre painter
Spouse(s)Mary Hiester Reid
Mary E. Wrinch

George Agnew Reid (July 25, 1860 – August 23, 1947) was a Canadian artist and painter and is best known as a genre painter.

Trained at the Central Ontario School of Art, Toronto in 1879, where he studied with Robert Harris; studied at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1882 to 1885 where he was a protégé of Thomas Eakins. He met his first wife artist Mary Hiester Reid at the Pennsylvania Academy and remained with her until her death in 1921. He also studied at the Julian, with Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, and at the Colarossi Academies in Paris, and the Prado in Madrid (1888–89). He made a number of study trips to Europe, during which he visited France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. It was during this time that Reid turned from portraiture to genre, as in The Foreclosure of the Mortgage (1893), making his name with narrative pictures. Reid brought Parisian Academy precision to emotional genre paintings of Ontario.

He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[1] in 1889, and was principal of the Central Ontario School of Art and Design (later OCAD University) 1912-18. He also did murals and private and public commissions, including one for Toronto's Third City Hall. In 1922, he married fellow artist Mary E. Wrinch.[2]. George Agnew Reid died in 1947, leaving behind a body of work that often depicts scenes from his rural Ontario upbringing, with much of his work now found in public and private collections[3].


  1. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Female Self-Representation and the Public Trust: Mary E. Wrinch and the AGW Collection – Canadian Art". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  3. ^ Manning, Jo (1992). "George Reid". In Jamieson, Lori (ed.). Wilderness to Wawanosh, East Wawanosh Township 1867-1992. Belgrave, Ontario: East Wawanosh. pp. 424–425. ISBN 0-9695159-0-1.


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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Robert Harris
President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Succeeded by
William Brymner